Help one of my dreams come true?
Posted 23 July 2004 - 06:04 PM
Posted 23 July 2004 - 06:13 PM
Tell us what you had in mind for a site, and maybe we can give you some ideas to help realize it!
(i.e. do you want a discussion forum like this, an outdoor news site, a static page with articles and ads, etc.)
Posted 23 July 2004 - 06:23 PM
Posted 23 July 2004 - 06:53 PM
Well getting the site setup is pretty easy. The hard part comes when you decide to give it your own "look", called skinning, and customizing it to suit your needs.
Forum software like we use is available free, or pretty inexpensively. However, to give it that "outdoors feel", provide places for advertising, etc., does require some pretty advanced knowledge. Not that you can't do it yourself, but it will take a lot of time. Another alternative would be to pay someone to skin your site for you, now that may cost $100-$1,500, depending on what you want. You can find the forum software we're using at http://www.invisionboard.com
You'll also need to get people to your site. That takes some knowledge of how search engines work, and unfortunately--time. I can't stress enough how important this is. It's not as simple as "build it and they will come". Even with sound practices, it takes a good year to build decent traffic to a site, two years or more to build a large community.
This section of our site, the web design forum, is only a few months old. Keep visiting and eventually we'll share info on how to do all these things. Ask a question, we have a number of people here pretty knowledgeable in web design, or Google can be a good friend as well.
Don't forget about the time commitment. I spend at least 20 hours or more on this site every week (usually more). It's takes a large commitment to build a good site, but, it's communities like this, and the one you want to build that make the Internet great!
Posted 23 July 2004 - 07:07 PM
Posted 24 July 2004 - 03:23 AM
*has a bit of experience site building* http://hume.nu/chexee *nudge nudge wink wink* Haha, just kidding. You'd probably do well launching off yourself with a small site to begin with, and after building a small following, launch the forums and growinto a community.
Now, if you don't get huge feedback right off the bat, don't be disappointed. If you've got good content and are a useful site, it will still take a while for word and visitors to get around, but after a while, you will get regulars and all that and that'll have your toots planted for more growth. =]
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